Tag: Ryan Swan

They’re Getting the Gang Back Together

Alf Bilbao, his wife, Ryan Swan and Andrew Bordelon at Harrison Stadium in Springfield MO in 2010

News arrives that former Drury Panthers coach Ryan Swan, now Head Coach for the Division 1 Northern Illinois Huskies, has hired his former assistant Andrew Bordelon. From the Stevenson Mustangs Andrew Bordelon Accepts Position at Northern Illinois, Steps Down as Men’s Soccer Coach

Stevenson University head men’s soccer coach Andrew Bordelon announced Thursday that he is stepping down from that position in order to accept a position as an assistant coach on the men’s soccer staff at Division I Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

Named the seventh head coach in Stevenson men’s soccer history this past June, Bordelon came to Stevenson from Westminster (Mo.) College, where he had guided the men’s soccer program to three straight SLIAC conference titles and three straight NCAA appearances. Prior to that, he was an assistant on the staff at Division II power Drury University, his alma mater, under Ryan Swan, who was named Northern Illinois head coach in January.

Ryan Swan, NSCAA Missouri Technical Coordinator& Drury Panther Men's Coach

Ryan Swan Moves from Drury to Northern Illinois

Ryan Swan, NSCAA Missouri Technical Coordinator& Drury Panther Men's Coach
Ryan Swan, Drury Panther Men’s Coach
Drury University men’s soccer head coach Ryan Swan will step down to accept the head coaching job at Northern Illinois University, an NCAA-I program in DeKalb, Illinois.

Swan has been the Panthers head coach for eight seasons and compiled a record of 106-47-8 (.658) during his tenure at Drury. He led the Panthers to four NCAA-II tournament appearances and the 2009 Great Lakes Valley Conference championship as part of a 21-2 season. Swan was named the GLVC Coach of the Year that season in addition to being named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Midwest Region Coach of the Year. He leaves as Drury’s all-time leader in career coaching wins for men’s soccer.

“Coach Swan’s teams had success both on and off the field,” said Drury University Vice President and Director of Athletics, Mark Fisher. “We are sad to see him go but at the same time, we’re happy for him, his wife Courtney and his family to have this opportunity. We want to thank Ryan for his contributions to Drury Athletics and wish him the best as he moves forward.”

Last fall, Swan’s team finished the year ranked 20th in NCAA-II. The Panthers went 13-4-4 and advanced to the national tournament round of 16 where they lost on penalty kicks to Rockhurst.

Swan’s teams were also successful academically throughout his time at Drury. Under Swan, the Panthers earned NSCAA Team Academic Awards for seven straight seasons and, in 2015, men’s soccer posted the best grade point average among Drury men’s sports with a 3.54 GPA. That squad also earned a Team Academic Award from the GLVC and 15 players from that team won All-Academic honors from the conference for having an accumulative grade point average of 3.30 or better.

Swan has coached 31 All-GLVC performers with 15 of those named first team selections. He also had 13 named All-Midwest Region players during his eight seasons leading the Panthers.

A search for Drury’s next men’s soccer head coach will begin immediately.

Drury Panthers, Ryan Swan, GLVC & Regional Coach of the Year 2009

Drury ID Camp For High School Boys Next Week

Drury Panthers, Ryan Swan, GLVC & Regional Coach of the Year 2009
Drury Panthers, Ryan Swan, GLVC & Regional Coach of the Year 2009
Drury Men’s Soccer and head coach Ryan Swan will host an Identification Development Camp for area high school boys on February 16-17 at Harrison Stadium.

Cost for the camp is $100, with lunch provided.

Registration will be held from 9 to 9:30 a.m., with the morning training session from 9:30 to 11:30, lunch and recruiting talk from 11:30 to 1:30 and the afternoon scrimmages from 1:30 to 3:30.

For more information, call Andrew Bordelon at (417) 873-7830 or email him at abordelon@drury.edu. A registration form with additional information is available on the website.

The DU Men’s Soccer program is coming off a 12-5-2 season that saw them climb as high to No. 5 in the nation in the NCAA-II national poll. It led to a Great Lakes Valley Conference post-season tournament berth – for the fifth consecutive year – and their second NCAA-II Tournament bid in the past four seasons.


Andrew Bordelon Named Head Coach at Westminster

andrew-bordelon-drury-panthers-soccerDrury Panther Assistant Coach Andrew Bordelon is set to take over the Westminster Blue Jay’s soccer program according to a tweet by his current boss, Ryan Swan.

He replaces Martin Clayes, whose team lost in the SLIAC Championship and finished 10-7-2 this year.

He joins Jen Dyson, also a Drury alum, who coaches the women’s team.

From his Drury Panthers bio – Andrew enters his second season with the Panthers coaching staff this season after completing a stellar four year career and helping the Panthers to their best record in school history (21-2) in 2009. Andrew started all 23 games in 2009 and was third on the Panthers with nine goals and second with six assists. Bordelon had game winning goals at Truman State, at Rockhurst and vs. Southern Indiana. The 5-9 midfielder from Bedford, Texas earned Daktronics First Team All-Midwest Region honors and was a Daktronics Honorable Mention All-America honors his senior season. Andrew also earned Third Team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors. Bordelon had a pair of goals and four assists as a junior and had two goals and five assists as a sophomore.


Drury Panthers Return To National Polls

shane-woods-drury-panthersVia DruryPanthers.com – Off to a 6-1-1 start to the season, the Drury men’s soccer Panthers cracked the national Top 25 for the first time in three seasons when they made their debut at No. 19 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll released Tuesday.

Coach Ryan Swan’s Panthers were fueled into the poll by a 2-2, double-overtime draw on Sunday at No. 9 and unbeaten Quincy, which jumped to No. 6 nationally in this week’s poll. Drury is also No. 3 in the NSCAA Midwest Regional rankings, trailing only Quincy and Saginaw Valley State.

Drury is led in scoring by freshman Shane Woods (Kearney, pictured at right), with 5 goals and 4 assists from eight games. He’s started every game this season and has one game-winning goal, scored against Southwest Baptist Labor Day weekend.

Only one of those goals has come in conference play, a late score at the University of Indianapolis in a 3-1 win. He’ll become an impact player when he begins scoring against GLVC opponents. At Kearney he had 54 goals his senior year and 114 total (the Missouri record is 138, set last week). He was featured recently on the Panther’s website, check out the former Sporting KC Academy player who is being compared favorably to the Panther’s #2 all-time scoring leader, Steve Wilczewski (Glendale).

The more interesting story for me is the production that Coach Swan is getting from juniors like Mike Yuede (St Dominic) and Matt Hutchinson (CBC), who each have four goals while Yuede has one assist and Hutch three. With only one senior (Nicholas Fish) it is the Juniors who are providing the leadership. Yuede, who started in 22 games his first two years at Drury, is now coming off the bench exclusively while Hutchinson has five starts and is on track to match his team-leading six goals from 2011.

The team is led from the back by Jr Captain and central defender Adam Heiligenstein (Hazelwood West) who partners with So. Eric Heet (Chaminade) in martialing a unit that has given up only 4 goals in 8 games, two of which came in last weeks tie at Quincy. Freshman starters include GK Blake Andrews, Woods and midfielder Matt Clarkin (CBC) while Sophomores Scott Stiffler (St Dominic) and Jack Mathis (CBC) are at midfield, joined by Ryan Haas (Holt) and Mike Lee (CBC) on defense. Junior Brendan Langford (Texas), a defensive midfielder, rounds out the 10 regular starters.

The Panthers, 4-1-1 in league play, return to action this weekend at Harrison Stadium/The Curry Sports Complex, playing host to Maryville at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Missouri-St. Louis at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Great Lakes Valley Conference matches. The latter will be televised by Mediacom Connections 22.